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The Kumbh Mela, world’s largest Hindu spiritual festival, occurs once every 12 years, rotating among four locations in India. In 2010, the Kumbh Mela was held in Haridwar, Uttarakhand, from 1 January to 30 April. Hindus from all over the world came for a holy dip in the divine Ganga. In the span of four months, about 82.8 million pilgrims visited Haridwar. Out of this, more than 16 million came in for a dip on the holiest day of the Kumbh Parv, that is, 14 April.

 
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India, the country on the fast track of growth, has a dubious record of not doing enough to improve the lot of the socially disadvantaged. In many regions in India, widows fall in this socially disadvantaged sector. In the past couple of decades, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have done their bit to bring some positive changes into the lives of people who have been left behind in the country’s economic progress. Yet, not many NGOs have taken up widow rehabilitation as a focus area.

 
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For decades, management experts have been fussing over which methodology is best. Champions from the various camps decry others as lazy and undisciplined, and explain their own methodology to be a silver bullet for every project. Why do we see such heated discussions around the virtues and vices of a given set of policies and procedures?

 
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